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Top of Mind Episode 2
Date: 9/19/2012
Length: 27 minutes
Speaker(s): Thom Ruhe
Sources: Kauffman Foundation
Description: This week Top of Mind discusses the weighty topics of immigration, manufacturing and healthcare. Thom takes a look at a new study that illustrates the drive to succeed demonstrated by immigrants and discusses what this has to do with the entrepreneurship. We take a look at America's decrease in workers in the skilled trades, and how the health care world is the next industry headed for disruption. Finally, Top of Mind brings it on home with the Top 10 Reasons Every College Student Should Intern at a Startup.

Episode References:
"Children of immigrants come out ahead of peers"(Science Blog)
"The Immigrant Force/Immigrant Entrepreneurship Data" (Kauffman Foundation)
"The Big Jobs Myth: American Workers Aren't Ready for American Jobs" (The Atlantic)
"Shop Class as Soulcraft: An Inquiry Into the Value of Work" (Matthew B. Crawford)
"Mike Rowe of Dirty Jobs asks Congress to support more “dirty jobs”"
"Schumpeter’s gale or “Creative Destruction”"
"Vital Signs by Phone, Then, With a Click, a Doctor’s Appointment" (NYT)
"Top 10 Reasons Every College Student Should Intern at a Startup" (Venture Beat)

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Summary: This week Top of Mind discusses the weighty topics of immigration, manufacturing and healthcare. Thom takes a look at a new study that illustrates the drive to succeed demonstrated by immigrants and discusses what this has to do with the entrepreneurship. We take a look at America's decrease in workers in the skilled trades, and how the health care world is the next industry headed for disruption. Finally, Top of Mind brings it on home with the Top 10 Reasons Every College Student Should Intern at a Startup.

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